What is a breast augmentation?
Breast augmentation is an operation to insert silicone implants to make your breasts bigger, fuller, and usually to improve the overall shape. The breast implant procedure takes about 90 minutes and is generally performed as day-surgery, however, some patients prefer to recover in hospital for a night.
What does the operation involve?
There are three different incision types that can be used for breast augmentation surgery:
- Inframammary - incision in the fold of the breast
- Periareolar - incision around the nipple
- Transaxillary - incision is underneath the arm
The incision placement may be influenced by your clothing preferences, the shape of the implant, the size and placement of the implant.
The implant is usually placed directly behind your breast as this gives the most natural looking result. However, if you do not have enough breast skin and tissue to cover the implant, they may recommend placing the implant behind the pectoral muscle.
How soon will I recover?
You should be able to go home the same day or the day after.
The recovery period following this procedure varies from person to person. The time at which you are able to return to normal activities also depends on where the implant is positioned. However most women return to normal activities within two to three weeks. You should be able to return to work after the first week, if you have a less strenuous job. It usually takes a few weeks for your breasts to look and feel more natural.